Zip-lining is just about the most thrilling activity going. Whether you’re whizzing through the canopy of trees, or descending from hillsides or soaring over beaches, it’s sure to leave you with exhilarating memories for years to come.
Like all extreme sports, zip-lining can also be dangerous. If something goes wrong, it’s very unlikely that you will emerge unscathed. Zip-lining accidents tend to be serious. The subsequent injuries can be life changing.
What are the main precautions to take when zip-lining?
With this in mind, it’s little wonder that zip-lining is subject to a number of health and safety rules and precautions. Whether you are an experienced zip-liner or a novice preparing for their first thrilling ride, here are some safety measures to take. Following these will help ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons.
- Dress for the occasion: When it comes to zip-lining, comfort and practicality beats style every time. You want to wear clothes that will offer sufficient protection from the elements as you whizz around on the wire. This means secure, sturdy shoes and clothes that will comfortably work with the harness. It also means nothing baggy, and no dangly jewellery or anything that could get caught. Take extra layers if it is cold, and make sure you apply and reapply sun cream if hot and sunny.
- Know your limits: Zip-lining is meant to be fun. This means doing courses and speeds you are comfortable with. Yes, it’s good to push yourself and step outside your comfort zone from time to time. However, there’s no point zip-lining through luscious forests if you’re going to spend the whole time screaming with your eyes shut, disliking every second.
- Find the right company: With all extreme sports providers, reputation counts. You want reassurance from your tour or activity operator and be confident that they know what they are doing. If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
What can I do if I am injured while zip-lining?
Remember, if you suffer an accident while zip-lining or doing another holiday activity, you may be due holiday accident compensation.
With over 16 years’ experience processing these sorts of injury claims, Accident Advice Helpline can help you out in your hour of need. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles today and speak to one of our expert advisors. We work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and all information is kept confidential.
Date Published: March 10, 2017
Author: Accident Advice